Select Committee on Science and Technology Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by World Renewable Energy Network

  1.  Wind and Tidal Energy is a very viable energy option in this country. It has been demonstrated globally and applied on a practical and commercial basis in many parts of the world, to name a few, India, Japan, France, Norway and USA.

  2.  It will become more commercially viable and cost-effective by 2012.

  3.  There are a few projects in the UK, mostly in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  4.  It should be a higher priority in the Government's strategy for renewable energy. At the moment it is not of high priority.

  5.  For research and development I recommend 5 million a year to uplift this area in research and development given to most institutions and personnel who deal with wind and tidal energy with the aim to encourage and enhance more research on the subject.

  6.  There is hardly any diverse impact on the environment, on the contrary it will reduce the CO2 emissions and make Britain a better country to live in.

  7.  As for Britain's involvement in wave and tidal energy we are well behind in comparison with our European neighbouring countries as well as the rest of the world, given the fact that we have the best wind and tidal energy in this country.

15 January 2001

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